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Renowned for its unique spirituality and Himalayan landscape, the 'roof of the world' remains one of Asia's most intriguing destinations. Despite a tumultuous past, Tibet has somehow managed to preserve its unique Buddhist culture and much of its history. Today you'll discover a pervasively spiritual country full of prayer flags and prayer wheels, pilgrims and monasteries, and temples alive with worshippers and thick plumes of incense. The people are also fabulously welcoming. Tibet's location in the highest region of the world compounds the sense of spirituality and blesses it with spectacular mountain scenery. The main cities of Lhasa, Shigatse and Gyantse are remarkably accessible –perfect for pottering around –and include highlights such as the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Potala Palace, beautiful old towns with ancient architecture and several monasteries. The potential for adventure in Tibet is seemingly limitless;take advantage of the opportunity to hike along rugged mountain passages or drive along some of the world's highest, wildest roads. Areas such as Terdrom and Drikung offer spectacular Himalayan landscapes ideal for hiking and at certain times of year you will be able to witness nomadic people grazing their yak herds or spot rare wild blue sheep. If it is Tibet's Himalayan location that is most attractive to you, there's always the once in a lifetime opportunity to take a trip to the Everest Base Camp.
Tibet with A&K
Tibet is located in the highest region of the world, which is why it is often referred to as the 'Roof of the World'. The capital, Lhasa, is home to the World Heritage Site of Potala Palace, once the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas. The 15th century Palkhor Chode Monastery at Shigatse, Tibet's second largest city, is worth a visit due to its beautiful murals. Gyantse is a traditional Tibetan town and is famous for its wool and carpet production. While Tibet is off the normal tourist trail, visitors will receive a warm welcome from the locals.
Best time to be there
The severe climatic conditions and great discrepancy in daily and seasonal temperatures are due mainly to the high altitude. Mid-spring, summer and early autumn get rather warm. Early spring gets cold, especially in the mornings and at night. A similar climatic situation applies to the late autumn and winter months.
Lahasa via Chengdu, China or Kathmandu, Nepal
2 hours from Chengdu or 1 hour 5 minutes from Kathmandu
GMT +7 hours
Visa required for UK passport holders
Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area
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